Presenters

Laura Atbashian

Laura Atbashian is the Saké buyer and assistant wine buyer for Astor Wines and Spirits. She is a saké sommelier certified by the Saké Instit...

Chris Badini

Chris’ career in the hospitality industry started at a very young age in his family’s restaurants. Food was his original passion and working...

Vitalii Dascaliuc

Vitalii grew up working on his family’s vineyards in Moldova, and naturally fell in love with wine culture. He made his first barrel of wine...

Andrew Fisher

Andy Fisher has been President of Astor Wines & Spirits for over 30 years. When he started in 1971, it was a small shop in the middle of Ast...

Ethan Fixell

Ethan Fixell is a passionate beverage journalist, Certified Cicerone, Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW), and Certified Specialist of Spirit...

Megan Kimball

Megan Kimball is a private chef and caterer in New York City. She combines her love of fresh ingredients and simple techniques in all her wo...

Tess Rose Lampert

Tess, now NYC based, has been a lifelong world traveler and lover of food and drink. She holds the advanced certification from the Wine & Sp...

Gordon Little

Gordon grew up in Melbourne, Australia, but only found his calling in wine after moving to New York in 2008. Having previously worked in win...

Cristina Martin

Cristina is a wine and spirits educator, writer, and enthusiast. She currently serves as the Programming Manager at Astor Center, where she ...

Robin Robinson

Robin Robinson is a private consultant to the American craft whiskey industry, where he helps small brands identify their unique stories to ...

Kimberly Severson

Kimberly Severson is a wine educator, sommelier, caterer and all-around food and drink enthusiast. Trained at the Culinary Institute of Amer...

Jenn Smith

Jenn started working in food at 13, and in college passed on work-study shifts at the library in order to serve beer and shots in a biker ba...

Alexis Tanen Shaw

Alexis Tanen Shaw has been compelled by an inherent craving for deliciousness and has read, eaten, and cooked to that end since childhood.b...

Nellie Wu

Nellie Wu, the general manager at Element Seafood, has been a seafood lover for most of her life. Her family started a small retail seafood ...

Dylan York

Dylan York's passion for wine began with a magical bottle of Bordeaux. Originally a biology and psychology major, he channeled his fervor fo...